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    DescriptionThis collection of rare, abstract Tantra drawings was conceived when the French poet Franck Andre Jamme stumbled on a small catalogue of Tantric art at a Paris bookseller's stall. The volume included writings by Octavio Paz and Henri Michaux, and Jamme became fascinated by the images' affinity with modern art and poetry. He read voraciously and even journeyed to India, searching in vain for Tantric practitioners, until a bus accident on the road to Jaipur sent him home to France with serious injuries. When he returned a few years later, he met a soothsayer who proclaimed that Jamme had now paid sufficient tribute to the goddess Shakti and required him to take a vow: he must visit the "tantrikas" alone or only in the company of a loved one. Since then, Jamme has gained extraordinary access to very private communities of adepts and their intensely beautiful works. These contemporary, anonymous drawings from Rajasthan are unlike the more familiar strands of Tantric art--the geometric yantras, or erotic illustrations of the "Kama Sutra." The progeny of seventeenth-century illustrated religious treatises, these drawings have evolved into a distinct visual lexicon designed to awaken heightened states of consciousness and are imbued with specific spiritual meanings (e.g. spirals and arrows for energy, an inverted triangle for Shakti). A revelatory volume on this occluded genre of Indian art, "Tantra Song" is a convergence of east and west, the spiritual and the aesthetic, the ancient and the modern. Franck Andre Jamme is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry. His translated workds (by John Ashbery, Charles Borkuis, David Kelley and others) include "New Exercises," "Another Silent Attack," "The Recitation of Forgetting" and "Extracts of the Life of a Beetle." He has collaborated on books with a number of artists including Philippe Favier, Suzan Frecon, Acharya Vyakul and Hanns Schimansk. A specialist in Art Brut, Tantric and tribal art of India, he has participated in exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Beaux-Art de Paris and The Drawing Center, among others.

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    Tantra Song - Tantric Painting from Rajasthan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Franck Andre Jamme, Translated by Michael Tweed, Introduction by Lawrence Rinder
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 213 mm
    Height: 284 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    ISBN 13: 9780979956270
    ISBN 10: 0979956277

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGC, AFC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T Approval Code: A13120000
    BIC subject category V2: ACXJ
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 62
    BISAC V2.8: ART019000
    B&T Approval Code: A02304048
    BISAC V2.8: REL007020
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA
    BISAC V2.8: ART035000
    DC22: 759.954409051
    Thema V1.0: AGC, AGA, AFC
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Siglio Press
    Imprint name
    Siglio Press
    Publication date
    31 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Los Angeles